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The Concept of Lift Versus Extract

Being an editor is a power position. You can give (add clips to the timeline) just as easily as you can take (remove clips from the timeline). Lift and extract work as the complete inverse of insert and overlay.

With lift, you mark the portion of your timeline (with in and out points and the desired tracks) that you want to remove. Overlay covers up whatever is in the timeline without altering any of the shots outside that marked area, but lift does just the opposite. Lift removes the portion that is marked without affecting any of the shots outside the marked area, as shown in Figure 3.8. This leaves a blank area in your timeline, holding the duration of the area where the clip(s) previously existed.

Figure 3.9Figure 3.8 The lift feature removes the clips(s) on the selected track(s), leaving a blank space in the timeline.

Extract works in the opposite manner of insert. Again, Insert editing adds a clip to your sequence and pushes everything on those tracks farther down in the timeline. Extract removes the marked area from the timeline and shifts back everything that was on the selected tracks, butting up the new edit points so that there is no blank area left in the timeline from where the segment was removed (see Figure 3.9).

Figure 3.9Figure 3.9 The extract feature removes the marked portion of the selected track(s) and shifts everything back so that no blank space is left in the timeline.


Careless extracting can knock your timeline out of sync. Be sure to select the correct tracks before you extract a segment from your timeline.

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